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Oncology Analytics’ Series B Yields $21M

The company will expand its health benefits management offerings, as well as make investments in data analytics and innovative health tech
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CureDuchenne Builds Data-Sharing Platform to Accelerate Drug Development

CureDuchenne Link is powered by technology from BC Platforms, a global leader in healthcare data management, analytics, and access. The data warehouse uses BC|INSIGHT, a HIPAA-compliant translational research platform, which allows for automated ingestion and harmonization of clinical information and multiple data types including genomics and other omics data.
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The Age of Patient Big Data

When the pandemic heated up early last year, the UK Biobank set out to urgently gather data on COVID-19 diagnostic tests, deaths, and hospitals...

Algorithm Allows Quick Detection of Harmful Pathogens in Mixed Samples

A research team based at McMaster University in Canada has developed an algorithm that can design more accurate probes to detect infectious disease pathogens in mixed samples and help avoid time consuming bulk sequencing.
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Human Cell Atlas Uncovers Possible Drug Targets for Crohn’s and Other Gut Diseases

Two publications in Nature report on advances from the Human Cell Atlas (HCA) consortium, creating the most comprehensive Cell Atlas of the gut to date, identifying new targets for gut diseases, and laying out a framework for expansion of the project to other parts of the anatomy.
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10 Countries in 100K Genome Club

These ten governments have committed funding for projects that will sequence a minimum of 100,000 citizens to spur genomic medicine
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Six New Rare Diseases Identified by Exome-Genome Data Mining Project

The findings are a result of in-depth analyses using Centogene’s rare disease Bio/Databank. Based on the results, more than 90 patients finally received a diagnosis, and many others could also benefit as the study revealed potential treatment options for patients based on known-disease overlaps. 

Avera Health Taps Sema4 for Advanced Precision Oncology Program

Managed through the Avera Cancer Institute, the deal with Sema4 will leverage the company’s Centrellis health information platform to curate, structure and integrate clinical and genomic data to support both cancer research and clinical care.
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Machine Learning Tool Maps Cancer Causing Mutations

Spanish researchers have developed a tool, based on machine learning methods, that assesses the possible contribution of all variants in a gene in a given type of tumor to the development and progression of cancer.
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DeepMind and EMBL Release Extensive, Open Database of Predicted Protein Structures

In a boost for AI-aided biology, the AlphaFold Protein Structure Database, covering around 20,000 human proteins, was launched today by AI-specialists DeepMind in collaboration with the EMBL and is openly available to the scientific community.